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Linux 5.3-rc6 Released - Marking Linux's 28th Birthday

25. Srpen 2019 - 22:25
Linus Torvalds today released the sixth weekly test release of the upcoming Linux 5.3 kernel. It also happens to be 28 years to the day since Linus Torvalds announced the original Linux kernel...

FreeBSD In Q2'2019 Saw Updated Graphics Drivers, Continued Linux Compatibility Layer

25. Srpen 2019 - 14:19
The FreeBSD project has published their Q2'2019 summary that outlines the various accomplishments for this open-source operating system project over the past quarter...

Vulkan 1.1.121 Brings AMD Device Coherent Memory Extension

25. Srpen 2019 - 12:34
Vulkan 1.1.121 is the newest Sunday morning update to the Vulkan graphics/compute API. In addition to various bug fixes/clarifications to the documentation, there is a new Vulkan extension around device coherent memory support from AMD...

KDE Ending Out August With Various Fixes & Other Enhancements

25. Srpen 2019 - 12:28
As the end of the summer nears and KDE's Akademy conference approaches, development is busy as ever on this open-source desktop environment...

DragonFlyBSD Pulls In AMD Radeon Graphics Code From The Linux 4.7 Kernel

25. Srpen 2019 - 9:38
It was just last month that DragonFlyBSD pulled in Radeon's Linux 4.4 kernel driver code as an upgrade from the Linux 3.19 era code they had been using for their open-source AMD graphics support. This week that's now up to a Linux 4.7 era port...

VMware Is Exploring Reducing Meltdown/PTI Overhead With Deferred Flushes

25. Srpen 2019 - 7:13
VMware engineer Nadav Amit who previously pursued "Optpolines" and other possible performance optimizations in light of Spectre / Meltdown vulnerabilities is now proposing patches for deferring PTI flushes to help with addressing the performance overhead caused by Meltdown...

Open-Source GPU Drivers For Embedded Have Been Improving But RE'ing Take A While

25. Srpen 2019 - 5:01
Robert Foss of Collabora was back at the Linux Foundation's Open-Source Summit this week to present the latest state of open-source graphics drivers in the embedded space...

Ampere Computing Is Keeping Close Track Of The Linux Performance For Their ARM Servers

25. Srpen 2019 - 1:17
Hardware vendor Ampere Computing with their impressive ARM servers is doing a great job on closely following their hardware's Linux performance as part of a rigorous continuous testing regiment or ensuring quality, compatibility, and stability while being fully-automated...

Mesa Radeon Vulkan Driver Sees ~30% Performance Boost For APUs

24. Srpen 2019 - 21:46
Mesa's RADV Radeon Vulkan driver just saw a big performance optimization land to benefit APUs like Raven Ridge and Picasso, simply systems with no dedicated video memory...

LG Has Been Working On Reduced Boot Times With Hibernation Optimizations

24. Srpen 2019 - 13:20
LG Electronics has been exploring improvements around hibernation/suspend-to-disk to speed-up the Linux boot process for consumer electronics rather than performing cold boots and as part of that is working towards upstream optimizations...

Intel Iris Gallium3D Is Close With SPIR-V Support For OpenGL 4.6

24. Srpen 2019 - 12:32
This week saw OpenGL 4.6 support finally merged for Intel's i965 Mesa driver and will be part of the upcoming Mesa 19.2 release. Not landed yet but coming soon is the newer Intel "Iris" Gallium3D driver also seeing OpenGL 4.6 support...

FreeBSD's Executive Director Calls For Linux + BSD Devs To Work Together

24. Srpen 2019 - 12:12
While called the Open-Source Summit, the event is primarily about Linux as after all it's hosted by the Linux Foundation. But at this week's Open-Source Summit in San Diego, Deb Goodkin as the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation presented. Deb's talk was of course on FreeBSD but also why FreeBSD and Linux developers should work together...

Enlightenment 0.23 Released With Massive Wayland Improvements

24. Srpen 2019 - 11:49
It has been almost two years since the release of Enlightenment 0.22 while surprising E23 has now surfaced...

Intel Shares Highlights From Their 2019 Open-Source Technology Summit

24. Srpen 2019 - 5:00
Taking place back in May at the beautiful Skamania Lodge in Washington was Intel's OSTS 2019 for their annual Open-Source Technology Summit that traditionally was internal-only but has begun opening up including allowing external participants this year. I was at OSTS 2019 and it's by far my highlight of the year with many really great sessions and a lot of useful networking at the event. Intel's open-source team has now shared some video recordings from this open-source/Linux event...

Wayland's Weston 7.0 Compositor Released With PipeWire Streaming Support

24. Srpen 2019 - 0:47
Wayland's Weston 7.0 was released on Friday with the newest features for this reference compositor implementation...

Wine 4.0.2 Released With 66 Bug Fixes

23. Srpen 2019 - 15:38
Wine 4.0.2 is out today as the second stable point release to this year's Wine 4.0 cycle...

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Is Working Well On Linux

23. Srpen 2019 - 13:30
AMD Raven Ridge APUs were a rough launch particularly on Linux where even with the latest motherboard BIOS updates and Linux kernel I am still hitting occasional stability issues, so when the opportunity arose recently to try out the Ryzen 5 3400G as the successor in the Picasso family, I was interested. Fortunately, AMD Picasso APUs have proven to be in better shape on Linux so here is the initial round of performance tests for those interested in the AMD Linux performance on Ubuntu.

Intel Submits Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 - Growing Tiger Lake

23. Srpen 2019 - 12:00
After having been submitting various feature updates to DRM-Next the past few weeks of new graphics driver feature code to introduce in Linux 5.4, a final pull request was sent in today with the remaining feature work slated for this next version of the Linux kernel...

Parallel CPU Microcode Updates Being Restored To Help Large Core Count Servers

23. Srpen 2019 - 11:31
Following Spectre/Meltdown, the Linux CPU microcode updating was made serial while now a new patch pending for the Linux kernel would restore the behavior to be parallelized in order to speed-up the process for large core count servers...

Nouveau's Changes Sent Out For Linux 5.4 In Fixing Up The Open-Source NVIDIA Support

23. Srpen 2019 - 11:18
While NVIDIA recently began publishing more hardware documentation, don't expect it to make an immediate difference in the quality of the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver. Today the pull request was sent to DRM-Next of the Nouveau kernel driver changes for the upcoming Linux 5.4 cycle and there isn't much to get excited about...